Thursday, August 13, 2009

Le Petit Théâtre de Chimères Vous Présente

You made it! How wonderful...Vous êtes ravissantes, you look ravishing, all of you! Whether you have chosen to come in flamboyant colors or in basic black,

you are all gorgeous and appropriately dressed to see the first act of Goodnight Sweet Prince, a little pièce de théâtre that takes place in the fashion district of Paris! So look inside of your little satin bags and get out your lorgnettes and make sure the music is turned up

hang up your stoles in the foyer closet

and use the complimentary phone in the lobby to call your friends and remind them to come

and be princesses of the theatre for the night! Oh, is that who I think it is? Yes...I believe Miss Moussie, Mozes, Gustave and The Dutchess are pulling up in their magical carriage for the evening!

Well then, it looks like everyone is here! Let us begin Act 1 of Goodnight Sweet Prince; please see the sidebar to look up the French words and their pronunciation and meaning...

An old street in Paris, Rue de Sainte Honoré

remains the most famous street still to this day

for boasting the most elegant boutiques in town

to find the loveliest hat or silk gown.

And there a most famous couturier

has an unusual assistant I have to say

for he is a scrappy and shaggy monsieur

with button eyes and an uncanny allure

with floppy ears and a certain knack

for knowing who's buying

his name is Balzac.

He sings and he whistles and warns his patron

his master and keeper, Monsieur Bergeron

who comes and who goes and who browses and buys

nothing gets past his scrupulous brown eyes!

So if you desire a Bergeron brand

you better be serious to pay on demand

and upon leaving this famous salon

please say, "Merci Monsieur Bergeron!

And do not forget to say a "Merci"

to Monsieur Balzac or else you will see

his teeth sinking into your favorite shoes

"Give me attention, or this you shall lose!"

Add Glitter to Pictures

End act 1

You have been introduced to one of our characters in this short four act, interactive play. For those of you who are new to Castles Crowns and Cottages, I am inviting you, the readers to follow the story line and when the fourth act approaches, you are all invited to submit an ending to this play. We have started out in rhyme but by no means does the ending have to be a poem!

We hope that you have enjoyed the theatre tonight; it is a lovely evening outside and you are invited out on the terrace for music, more calorie-free refreshments and delicacies!

Have a safe trip home and see you next Saturday for act 2!

À votre santé!


KarenHarveyCox said...

What a delightful post. I love the dog character, he reminds me of Astor from the Thin Man. Oh, and that terrace, I could sit there for hours. Let the play begin.


Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

You make me smile and give me joy! I am so glad to have had this "night on the town!" Blessings.

The Dutchess said...


Gorgeous..wonderful..marvelous.. magical..witty and bubbling..we made it on time thanks to TOMTOM..and we are going to stay for a while..enjoying the lovely evening on the terrace.
We loved this first act...we simply adored all the elegant dresses...and we where amazed by this singing scrappy shaggy character...BRAVO

Coastal Sisters said...

Oh Anita!!!! Your new Blog look is beautiful!! I love the posting my dear and can't wait to read the next one!

I have been so busy this week that I am trying ti catch up on all my favorite Blogs this morning :)

Love to you Dear One,

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Ahh dear friend, who is not a writer? You listen to you soul, you speak with your heart, every living spirit writes their own story and you my dear are an honored holder of the plume...
Blessings and love, Amy

Bellamere Cottage said...

Oh Anita!

That was FABULOUS! Isn't Audrey Hepburn the cutest little gal ever? She was simply adorable!

Loved the scenery....I've never been to Europe, but maybe someday! I loved the black square flower pots on the street. I always dream of living in a place that opens right onto the street. I don't know why I've always been fascinated with it, but I sure have.

I'm a lousy writer, but I'll be back to see the other acts and the big ending! :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Huggies and lovies,

PS......your new header is wonderful, but I MISS the old one!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a witty and delightful post! I am so glad I came to visit, can't wait for act II.
xo Lidy

Bunny Missbrenner said...

I don't know what kind of man Monsieur Bergeron is, but his assistant Monsiur balzac is a puppy dog. I'm intriqued!


sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

oh, I had a FABULOUS time!! You are so beautifully talented! J'adore le chien Balzac. (I botched that BIG TIME didn't I!) You make me want to study French again. You are so gifted! SO happy I met you in this wonderful land of blogville!!!! au revoir, deb

Jorgelina said...

Wonderful and magical post.
Happy weekend!

Bonnie said...

Bonsoir Mme. Anita! I am loving my night on the town! I so very seldom have a chance to dress up and attend the theatre that I am beside myself with delight.

What a lovely and lighthearted play. I j'adore M. Balzac! I wait anxiously for Act II. I believe I will wear my little plum red frock that night!

Have the loveliest of weekends!


PS - am loving the new look of your blog.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

You Won! Yes, if you send me an email with your address, I can send you your treasure!! Thanks for being a dear one! Blessings.

Presépio no Canal said...

You`ve got talent, Anita :) Next Saturday, I will come again to the second act ;)
But for now, after this delicious first act, I will stay in the terrace enjoying the evening and trying to guess how it will be nest saturday...;)
A little glass of champagne to celebrate this beautiful play? Do you join me? :)
Cheers, my dear :)

icandy... said...

Congrats, Anita! Isn't Amy wonderful??!!

Patricia Cabrera said...

Oh Anita you just keep putting a smile on my face.... how delightful ... I love how you combine your illustrations so well but one day I thing I want to see the work of YOUR hands!!!!LOve

Anne Marie said...

Oh man! I cannot believe that YOU wore the same gown!!!

What are the chances?

so sorry that I was "fashionably" late -

I had to let the dog out.

Jacqueline Jaggers said...

Extra, Extra, hear all about it...What an evening to behold! Jacqueline From Once Upon a Fairyland came dressed in purple velvet with an evening purse filled with pink hankies and puppy treats for Sadie Mae and Misha Mae in the shape of hearts.
Sadie Mae was dressed in her zebra shawl and her bling heart necklace and she howled and sang acapella for 20 minutes with glee. Misha Mae had diamonds in her chihuahua ears and her jacket was full of red sequins with a gold bow...The puppies were so content when they found the milk waiting on the patio. Thank you dear Anita for giving us a night to remember. The puppies are simply wore them out.

Marie said...

I love it but I must run. As charming as our dear Monsiur Balzac is, I believe he may have fleas. Odd, he looks so perfectly groomed!

Hugs and kisses.
Your Cousin,
Marie Elizabeth

LiLi M. said...

Oh Anita what a delightful post! I could stay here all week! I was away yesterday and today, as I told you, and now I am too overwhelmed with all eye candy over here to read well. So I cuddle up in this beautiful theatre, yes in that red velvet chair just behind the column. And when I wake up I am going to read everything you wrote, so I will be back, but I just wanted you to know that I love what I see here. Well done!

TattingChic said...

What a fun post AGAIN! I just love Audrey Hepburn! :)

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Speaking of being "fashionably late"...I was out of town yesterday, but I am here now and dressed in my basic black. Oh good...a sweet little puppy in the first act. Anita, excitement is mounting!! ~Hugs, Patti

ruthie said...

Anita, a wonderful post!Just waht i needed. Balzac is just my favourite x

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

brava! brava! brava!

I adore Balzac!

Joanna Rowan Mullane said...

Beautiful and wonderful! I am so happy to have found your blog! Have a beautiful day!

Grace said...

Hooray for a new play! I do hope you are well!

Rosemary said...

Hi Anita,
I'm a little late for the play!!
Love it!!
I wasn't even home Saturday night!! My weekend was crazy!!
Glad I got to visit now though.
All is quiet this morning.
You are so creative, by the way. You know me, it's my favorite trait.
Have a wonderful day!!

Fete et Fleur said...

Hello my Dear!

This is a wonderful start to a glorious story. Mr Balzac is a cutiepie! Just a reminder that many people are going back to school or their children are going back to school. It is a busy season. Don't worry about the dwindling. Those whom you really love will always be here.


Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

How fun, lively and entertaining! And creative! You have a gift for making things lovely wherever you go. Can't wait for the next part.

Laurie Eno said...

What luck to have stumbled upon such an enchanted space as this! I am bowled over by all of it. I wish to stay forever.

Merci, mon ami!

Anonymous said...

Good evening Anita, Charli and I really enjoyed act one of your play. It was marvelous. Charli thought it was a musical and howled right along with Mosiur Balzac. What a fine and charming little dog he is. Charli is in love ♥ We hope you are having a wonderful week. We can't wait for Act II

charmedwishes said...

audrey hepburn is one of my favorite old school actresses. she was so pretty! thanks for posting this!

The Dutchess said...

Looking forward to Saturday evening...You know,we can't stop singing 'Je Chante'...its been in our head all week..It sounds a bit funny when Gustave is singing it so now he plays it on the banjo...Hug from all of us:)

My Castle in Spain said...

oh what a delight to be greeted by Mr Charles Trénet on opening your blog!
Your delightful blog has exactly the same tone of joie de vivre and gaiety!
and yes, ces robes sont très élégantes...

i'll certainly be back !

and thank you for your visit too...i enjoyed reading about your connection to Spain and that you danced flamenco...bravo!

Barb said...

Hi Anita,

I told you I would be there, just a little late-hehe.
Absolutely wonderful. You are so imaginative. Your students must adore you.

Thank you for entering my little giveaway.


The Nostalgia Fairy said...

Oh I so enjoyed myself this evening - thank you for such a delightful time. I look forward to more enchanting fun!!

LiLi M. said...

Bonjour Anita, I came back here for some calorie free refreshments and to savour your post once more. I love it up here! There must be a lot of excitement behind the scenes to put everything in order for the première of the second act tomorrow. Once again I will be joining you for that a tad late. We are invited by my cousin to spend the weekend with her, so I will not be able to be here on Saturday night. I don't want you to think that I am not coming or staying away for whatever reason. I just will be late, but I am looking forward to the second act already. Have a nice weekend and enjoy the play. Break a leg! (I do hope you are familiar with this custom that actors here and in Germany, wish each other braking a leg before playing, I thought this wish is international, but I'm not sure, hence my explanation)

The Dutchess said...

Dearest.. there are troubles with the music..I hope the band will be able to play tomorrow..if not Gustave can take his banjo with him .?

The Dutchess said...

My playlist isn't working..Luckely I have another one for emergencies. Hope it will work out oke...on the list there are 180 songs I gathered in the last year..
We will all be there tomorrow...and this time I believe by automobile..Gustave's driving this time..

Marie Antionette said...

Hello Anita,This was most magificent!!! The music... fantasic.Loved it all, encluding the cutie dogs. Another fabulous post.That gown was truely wonderous.I would love to have something like that to wear,But alas, There would be nowhere to wear it around here.LOL...I best come down from out of the clouds and go feed my peacocks in my old glad rags. XXOO Marie Antionette glad rags

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Oh Anita,
How charming! Thank you for making my afternoon a little more light. I did have to turn Balzac off just a wee bit early due to my big french oaf here (Zeke)... he did object just a bit.

I apologize for arriving so late, but am so pleased I made it before Act II.

Happy weekend!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Yes, Anita come a couple weeks into September, we'll all be sitting at our computers visiting once again. It's like this each year and so good everyone's out having a lovely Summertime. I know I've had a hard time wanting to do regular work things and it's been so nice to take some time to breath and relax! I believe you've got a couple weeks left, right? Enjoy them sweetie. I'll see you for Act II - can't wait and yes, Zeke's recovered from the Balzac incident ;)

Grace said...

Hi Anita! No, we didn't buy the set. I think we're going to stick with the bed set we have now until it falls apart. Tom nicknamed it The Velvet Fog years ago, and it's soooo super comfy! :D

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Bonsoir Madame!

Oh I did not miss Act I, you only thought I did! I arrived late because of a unfortunate couture probleme. The zipper would not go up on my sparkling gold & silver gown, oh I was so upset Madame!

So I searched through my closet of evening attire and chose my favorite black gown only to find it had not been cleaned after the last play I had worn it to. Oh the deception! I finally settled on the lovely puce with seed pearls on the bodice.

As I entered the theater the play had already begun. I did not want to draw attention to myself and go to my reserved seat in the front row so I found an empty seat in the back row and quietly settled in for the remainder of Act I.

It was a splendid Act of poetry! Oh how I enjoy the art of poetry. I am so impressed by your writing Madame! It is magnifique!! I am ready for Act II... oh it's already starting... I must go!!

Bisous, Sherry

The Dutchess said...

Hello my dear friend...I hope you don't have to go out in this rain storm!!...Thank you for your sweet comment on my today post..I forgot to mention who wrote this lovely wasn't me( I wish)..its..Rose Amy Fyleman(1877-1957)I think you will love her sweet poetry..

Renee said...

Anita and you speak spanish, that is fantastic.

Love Renee xoxo

Paris Atelier said...

Anita!! What a delicious post and the images are incredible! I love this idea! Your creativity boundless!!! Just fantastic my friend!!!

à la parisienne said...

Vous êtes si douée! Quel début charmant! Sorry that I have missed the opening act and all of the other acts of your play. What bad timing for me miss visiting your blog! I have not spent much time on the computer in the last few weeks, so I am so sorry for being late. If I were still teaching, this would be such a fun little supplemental story to read to my French students. I could just imagine their contributions!
I am off to read the Act Two!

Fifi Flowers said...

You find some truly FABULOUS photos!